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A Pinoy Hair Story.2

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A PINOY HAIR STORY (Anthro10 Mini-ethnography Project)
A Pinoy Hair Story
As in all cultures, Filipinos consider hair an important asset. May it be to signify socialstatus or simply to encourage the opposite sex to approach--- Filipinos do not lag behind their Western brethren in recognizing the power of hair.
Hair in Pop Culture.
The Finalists of a local network’s star search sports a variety of ‘dosthat reflected various hair trends in the Philippines
AGUILA / BANGONGUIS / CAPELLAN / GUZMAN / PERALTA / SAPORSANTOS / SARMIENTO / SLOOT
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A PINOY HAIR STORY (Anthro10 Mini-ethnography Project)
A Glance of History.
The Filipinos in the 1500s let their hair grow. This was not for lack of a means to groomit; as the Bontoks in northern Cordillera cut their hair by resting it on a block of wood andchopping it with their headaxe (resulting in a "coconut husk" cut). This was their preference andthey gathered their long hair up with a cloth wrapped around their head. An alternative take onhair cutting was that it is a sign of punishment or deep mourning. The Ifugao son whose father was murdered would not cut his hair until he himself had sought vengeance. These Filipinosloved to display their long tresses. Back then, to have cropped your hair meant you were fromthe province. "Inalotan ka! (you close-cropped *$#@)" was also curse then, a sign of how shorthair was frowned upon.But even if sixteenth-century Filipinos sported long hair, they did not have beards. Theychose to trim their facial hair with tweezers or a pair of clam shells. It was the influence of theSpanish that caused a change in the trend. Notably, only Filipinos in areas with strong Spanishinfluence had short hair. According to the late historian William Henry Scott this was somethingthe church considered a part of "taming their ancient ferocity with the gentleness of the Gospel".As much as hair is an object of vanity, it has also been a means of expressing oneself,politically most especially. Macario Sakay, a member of the Katipunan, grew his hair long as partof his campaign against foreign domination. He fought, undaunted by the death of AndresBonifacio in 1897 and the capture of Emilio Aguinaldo in 1901. In 1906, he surrendered under the impression that he would be granted amnesty. Unfortunately, that was a farce. He wasconvicted and sentenced to death by hanging for banditry. In 1972, President Ferdinand Marcosalso ordered all Filipino men to cut their hair as part of the "taming of their revolutionary spiritwith the gentleness of the New Society". The late Zamboanga Mayor Cesar Climaco wore hishair long in open defiance of the Martial Law. Upon his death, his long white hair had alreadyreach his waist.
AGUILA / BANGONGUIS / CAPELLAN / GUZMAN / PERALTA / SAPORSANTOS / SARMIENTO / SLOOT
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A PINOY HAIR STORY (Anthro10 Mini-ethnography Project)
“Imported” Hairstyles.
Hair styles also vary with every decade. The trends often reflect the status of that era.The Philippines can be seen as following the history of America's hair trends. The emergence of short, bobbed and waved styles, for example, was met by the 1920's. This style signified thenew independent, free-spirited, free-woman ethos of the day. Men’s hair remained short andwas most often worn with a centre parting and slicked back using brilliantine and highlyperfumed oils. In the 1940’s, the feminine and romantic styles for women were dominant. Thistranslates into soft curls falling onto the shoulders or long, wavy natural looks. More practicalwomen wore their hair in a neat roll around the nape and over the ears, often covered with aheadscarf knotted at the front leaving only the fringe (or bangs) exposed. Plastic hair rollerswere an essential part of styling as was styling lotion to hold the hair in place for as long aspossible.
Female Hairtrends as popularized by the media from(presented left to right, top to bottom)the 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and the 1980s.
AGUILA / BANGONGUIS / CAPELLAN / GUZMAN / PERALTA / SAPORSANTOS / SARMIENTO / SLOOT
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